6/18/2015: FCC’s Post-TCPA Decision Press Release

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a  proposal to protect consumers against unwanted robocalls and spam texts. In a package of  declaratory rulings, the Commission affirmed consumers’ rights to control the calls they receive.  As part of this package, the Commission also made clear that telephone companies face no legal  barriers to allowing consumers to choose to use robocall-blocking technology.

The rulings were informed by thousands of consumer complaints about robocalls the FCC  receives each month. Complaints related to unwanted calls are the largest category of complaints  received by the Commission, numbering more than 215,000 in 2014.

Today’s action addresses almost two dozen petitions and other requests that sought clarity on how  the Commission interprets the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), closing loopholes  and strengthening consumer protections already on the books. The TCPA requires prior express  consent for non-emergency autodialed, prerecorded, or artificial voice calls to wireless phone  numbers, as well as for prerecorded telemarketing calls to residential wireline numbers.  The rulings provide much needed clarity for consumers and businesses. Highlights for consumers  who use either landline or wireless phones include:

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